CAS King Edward VI Camp Hill school for Girls Sixth Form Conference
A one day session giving an insight into the fascinating innovations in Computer Science for Sixth Form and FE students and Maths and IT/Computing teachers
King Edward VI Camp Hill school for Girls, Birmingham
Tuesday 13th March 2011
Registration 9.30 - 9.45
programme begins 9.45
Programme ends 3.35pm
At our 2nd Student Computing conference in Birmingham, Computing At School (CAS) brings you another exciting day. We aim to showcase future and emerging computing technology, and to give you some insight into what professionals and academics are working on. Come along and be inspired!
Dr Peter Dickman"Infrastructure at Google"
An overview of how Google builds global services, such as search and maps, YouTube and apps; covering everything from data center construction to software engineering and how they both affect and are affected by Google's engineering culture.Dr Peter Dickman is an Engineering Manager at Google's Zurich engineering centre, where his teams build & run parts of the backend of Google Search, preparing the index that underpins your search results. In addition, he works on to user data protection projects within Google and is the engineering liaison between Google and ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency, which advises governments and businesses on computer security issues. Prior to joining Google, Dr Dickman was a Senior Lecturer in the department of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow.
Andy Piper "Connecting Cool Things to the Web using Nanode and Arduino"
Andy describes himself as a 'social bridgebuilder', photographer, techie, speaker and co-host of Dogear Nation on the web. He has worked for IBM for the past ten years and was until recently their Websphere Messaging Community Lead.
Charlie Pinder"Changing behaviour using pervasive computing"
Charlie is a PhD student at Birmingham University's Computer Science department. She is particularly interested in applications designed to support people to change their behaviours using pervasive technology. She has previously been looking at automating the semantic tagging of news video, and in various technical and editorial roles at the BBC.
Sebastian & Joseph Lenton"Playmycode.com - a practical session showing online games creation"
Joseph and Sebastian Lenton are otherwise known as indie webdevs Studio Fortress. They wanted an easier, more convenient environment to create games with: a place where they could truly flex the muscles of their imaginations, while avoiding the lengthy, caffeine-fueled nights of hair-tearingly frustrating coding which they'd both become accustomed to, and sick of. And now that they've built it, they want you to want it too...
Dr Keven Bond"The Ascent of Bits"
This talk will be investigating evolutionary computing (genetic algorithms) and advanced neural networks.Dr Bond is Chair of Examiners for AQA AS/A Level Computing, Managing Director of Educational Computing Services Ltd, and a former research scientist with Marconi Space and Defence Systems.
In addition, the West Midlands CAS hub have a termly meeting for teachers and anybody interested in promoting Computer Science in schools. If interested please see the Eventbrite page at cashubbrum.eventbrite.co.uk.
Although the day is aimed at students, teachers can benefit from the presentations as CPD.
How much does the taster day cost?
This event is free but you will need to bring your own packed lunch. Attendees will also need to organise their own transport (See below).
Do attendees need to have studied computer science or ICT to attend?
No, we don’t expect any previous knowledge. The way Computer Science is taught at university level, and used in industry, is very different to the ICT taught in schools – this will be reflected in the taster day. All we ask for is enthusiasm to learn and an interest in either Maths, the Sciences or Computer Science.
We aren’t at a “Sixth Form” – can our students still take part?
Yes! This event is designed primarily for year 12 and 13 students, but exceptional year 11 students may also be admitted (we have girls in Y10/11 doing AS Computing who will be attending). We don't mind what kind of school or college attendees come from, just as long as it’s in the UK and the students are thinking about university applications. Students who are taking Baccalaureates, Scottish Highers, etc are just as welcome as A Level students. Please don't be offended, or think that we're trying to exclude you.
How many staff members should attend?
Ideally 2 per group of 15 students. They need to remain responsible for the group during the day. You will need to fulfill your school’s own policies about trips. Max. 15 students per school and a minimum of one student, who must be accompanied by a teacher or a parent.
How do I get to the venue?
King Edward VI - Camp Hill School for Girls, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14, 7QJ
Who are the organisers?The “Computing At School” group (CAS) is a membership association supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It was created to support and promote the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines in UK schools.
King Edward VI School for Girls is a voluntary aided selective grammar school - part of the nationally-renowned Birmingham based Foundation of the schools of Edward VI.
I’ve got a question about the day – who do I talk to?Please contact Nick Frost email@example.com or follow Twitter @TeachITbrum
Please note the organisers reserve the right to change programme without notification or to make alterations to the advertised details for the day at short notice.
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